Remember that one time you told yourself you couldn’t?
For about a year now I have felt a strong urge to travel alone. I do it for work all the time, but actually packing up and sleeping outside for 2 nights seemed like something I was going to have to build up to. I wrote myself lists of lists of things I needed to do before I could camp by myself. And it all seemed like some far off adventure I would one day be able to do.
And then the perfect storm opportunity fell right in my lap. Joshua tree is one of the few national parks that Jake has been to and I have not. And he wasn’t really dying to go back. Plus with school and soccer last weekend it just didn’t work for him to fly to LA. So I decided this was my moment. I could do this.
And I did. I slept outside for 2 nights, explored Joshua tree, saw some killer stars and even had time to hit the coast and see the sunset cliffs. I promised only good vibes for the trip and didn’t doubt myself once. And you know what, I learned that I could. I can sleep outside by myself, drive 800 miles in 4 days and not have a co pilot. I could set up my tent and make hot water on my stove. I could even sleep on the ground despite seeing a pretty large snake earlier that morning. Plus getting to drive through the desert jamming to my own tunes was priceless. #6 on my national parks list has officially been crossed off. Now where to go for #7?